GO GRAN: Sue Kearney, 62, will appear on Channel 10’s The Circle this morning.
GO GRAN: Sue Kearney, 62, will appear on Channel 10’s The Circle this morning. Jim Lee

Funny gran Sue enters The Circle

AN Ulmarra granny’s dream of one day becoming a stand-up comedian has suddenly turned into reality.

Sue Kearney, 62, will appear on Channel 10’s The Circle this morning, following a whirlwind string of good jokes and dumb luck.

It all started with an email Sue sent to the show after she saw ventriloquist comedian Nina Conti on the program just weeks ago.

“I had been writing (comedic) material about getting older... and I thought what I had could be good for her,” Sue said.

What the learning support teacher and grandmother of one did not know was that the show’s producer had just hatched a new concept – called ‘Pimp a Gran’ – and Sue fitted the bill perfectly.

The idea centres around granting wishes to grandmotherly types, and in her email Sue mentioned her unfulfilled dream of doing stand-up.

“Next thing I got a call from the show and they invited me to do a gig,” she said.

“I thought, ‘you’re joking’.”

But they weren’t.

On Wednesday night, Sue performed her first-ever comedy routine in front of a crowd of 250 at the Hi Fi Bar in Melbourne.

“It was the most out-of-my-comfort zone thing I’ve ever done – and I loved it,” Sue said.

“A dream of mine has always been to do stand-up comedy, but I never had the courage to do it.

“It was just amazing – it was such a buzz.”

Sue said her inspiration was losing three lifelong girlfriends to cancer last year.

“One didn’t really fulfil her dreams,” she said. “I want to tick all the boxes.”

While Sue said her jokes were not printable in the Examiner, she said her repertoire centred on ‘the things that happen when you age’.

Asked how she felt about her appearance today on live national television, Sue said: “I’m fine with that. If I could do Wednesday night, I can do anything.”

The Circle airs weekdays from 10am to noon.



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